New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Thursday told the family of Sarabjit Singh who died in a Lahore hospital that his body would be flown back to India in a special aircraft.
“The home minister assured the family that a special aircraft would be arranged to bring the body from Pakistan,” said Raj Kumar Verka, vice chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, who was present when Shinde met Sarabjit’s family here.
Sarabjit’s family is in “complete shock and inconsolable because they can’t believe he is no more”, Verka said.
“The body will be taken to his native village in Amritsar and the last rites will be performed with full honours,” he said.
He said the family has demanded that a post-mortem examination be done in India too.
Sarabjit suffered serious head injuries after being attacked by two prisoners at Kot Lakhpat jail April 26. He had been on ventilator support since then.
Sarabjit Singh had been on death row in Pakistan since 1990 after being convicted by Pakistani courts for bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan, which left 14 people dead.
–Indo-Asian News service